May 28th, 2010
02:48 PM ET

Gary Coleman dead at 42

Actor Gary Coleman, who had suffered from intracranial brain bleeding and was on life support in the intensive care unit of a Utah hospital, has died, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday.

Family members and close friends were at his side when life support was terminated, Janet Frank said.

Coleman, 42, fell ill at his Santaquin, Utah, home Wednesday evening and was rushed by ambulance to a hospital, a Coleman spokesman said in a statement released Friday.

Later Wednesday night he was taken to another hospital - Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo - where he had been listed in critical condition, the spokesman said.

Coleman is best known as the wisecracking youngster Arnold Drummond on TV's "Diff'rent Strokes" from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s.

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  1. Brooklyn fan

    Gary's death is an American tragedy. Greedy snakes took advantage of this guy when he was a successful child actor. They lead him straight to his demise – the same way Michael Jackson was lead there. This country is full of predators waiting to steal money from anyone they find out has any. African-Americans are more prone to being completely taken advantage of in these situations. Successful African-Americans must constantly fend off swarms of greedy and needy relatives and so-called friends. Instead of being happy for someone else's success, they use it to their own benefit. This stems from the complete lack of education and resources we have in America today to raise people to have values, morals and decency. Gary, we will miss you. I am sorry you were exposed to so many vicious predators who were jealous of your success.

    May 30, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Question

    In the tape, Shannon Price makes the statement that she can't be near him because of the blood...but later states that she got blood on her. Where was the blood on her? on her shoe? How did she get blood on her if she couldn't be near it and wouldn't even come close to Gary? I'd be interested to know where and how exactly she got blood on herself!

    June 3, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
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